Overdrive Program – Russian Car production, Ford hybrids, Mini Birthday

Hello and welcome to Overdrive a program that ponders the purpose of cars and transport

I’m David Brown

This program and extended segments of the feature interview, road test and panel discussion are also available on the website.

In this program we look at news stories from around the world including:

  1. GM plans Russia car production cutbacks as car market shrinks
  2. Ford Is Developing A New Line Of Hybrids To Take On The Toyota Prius
  3. Honda draws on Hollywood expertise for developing computer crash tests
  4. Even more powerful and efficient – new 48-volt technology from Audi
  5. GM Shares Bikes with 19,000 Tech Centre Employees
  6. 2015 Corvette’s valet mode like ‘a baby monitor for your car’
  7. Speed limit cut in CBD could save Wellington $500k
  8. MINI turns 55: a small car with a great history


In our feature interview we talk to the Immediate Past President of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management about their recent conference.

We road test the Fiat Panda

And in our panel discussion with Errol Smith and Brian Smith we chat about a range of subjects including:

  1. Chinese drivers punished by having to look into headlights
  2. Drunk woman tried to drive away in police car
  3. Scientists test how stoned too stoned to drive is

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